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Maintaining Veneers

Dental veneers are restorations that improve the colour, alignment and overall appearance of your teeth

How to maintain and care for your Veneers?

Good Oral Hygiene.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption.
Avoid Teeth Grinding and/or Clenching.
Avoid Chewing Hard Foods.
Regular Dental Check-Ups.
Minimise Staining Foods and Drinks.
Quit Smoking.
Use a Soft Toothbrush and Fluoride Toothpaste.
Daily Flossing.

Materials for Veneers:

Veneers at Fullarton Park Dental include both composite resin and porcelain. Patients choose composite veneers as an alternative to porcelain veneers mainly due to tooth preservation, cost and it being a single visit procedure. Patients choose porcelain veneers as an alternative to composite veneers mainly due to porcelain lasting longer, a down side of porcelain is natural tooth structure is reduced. Veneers are durable; however, they can chip and break and are not as strong as natural tooth structure. While normal foods shouldn't present a problem, it's best to avoid chewing on excessively hard objects like pens, ice, and nuts.

The average lifespan of a dental veneers can vary however usually is about 10 years.

With appropriate care and maintenance, the time frame can be lengthened drastically. If one of the following occurs, you may have to replace your veneers early - your dental veneers chipped or cracked, or they are simply wearing down with neutrally with time.

Can your teeth decay under veneers once they're in place?

The quick and simple answer is not under usual circumstances, as long as your veneers are properly cared for and maintained, your natural teeth are well protected.

What can happen if you don't brush your veneers?

Plaque can dull shine and colour as well as staining margins between veneer and the gum. The long-term success of most cosmetic dental work depends on your teeth. Oral health issues are the biggest threat to the longevity of porcelain and composite veneers. Importantly, flossing equally as important as brushing to keep your veneers looking their best! Dental veneers should—and need to be—flossed daily. Whenever you floss your veneer, wrap the strand around your tooth in a “C” shape, keeping it snug up against the side.

Can stained veneers be whitened?

Unlike our natural teeth, we do not recommend using traditional teeth whitening treatment on veneers. Teeth whitening products cannot change the colour of the veneers – but they can change your natural teeth, which will likely result in an uneven toned smile. We recommend a in house teeth whitening consult to ensure the you have best option for an even healthy white smile.

Using the right toothpaste:

If you are planning to use whitening toothpastes post veneer placement its worth considering that they could be too abrasive for your veneers. Whitening pastes may contain ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). These ingredients can wear away or damage your veneers’ surface, dulling its colour and sheen. It is recommended to use gel like toothpaste with smooth non-abrasive consistently.


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